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What I’m Reading: Philip K. Dick’s THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE

The Man in the High Castle, 2001 Penguin Class...

A few days ago I began reading The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick.  The novel was written in 1962 in an alternate history centered around a Axis victory in World War II, the alternation beginning with the assassination of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.  The novel centers around life in the former United States under the oppression of the Fascist states of Germany and Japan who have divided the North American continent between them.

While I am not very far into the book (and will not read the entire Wikipedia plot summary, to forgo spoilers) I do know that the interesting thing about The Man in the High Castle is Dick’s use of a book-inside-a-book, called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy.  This novel is, like The Man in the High Castle, an alternate history inside Dick’s alternate history in which the Allied Powers won the war (albeit not exactly the same as true fact), defeating the Nazis and the Japanese.

Alternate history world map of Philip K. Dick'...

As soon as I finish the book I will put up a post of what I think, full of my own spoilers for those of you who don’t want to bother reading it yourselves.  You’re welcome.

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